interview MITCHY SLICK  (June 2007) | Interview By: Eddie Gurrola

Dubcnn was invited to chop it up with Mitchy Slick in his neighborhood of Southeast San Diego, where we conducted a two part video interview. In addition to seeing the surroundings in which all the songs he writes actually take place, viewers will also hear details on his new album projects, including the Mitchy/Messy Marv collaboration album, "Messy Slick," a new collaboration album with Damu, and a new solo album, entitled "48 Hours On Gang Street." We also speak about his relationship with producer J Wells, and he tells us about the game he soaked up from hip-hop legend Sir Jinx.
As always we have both the transcript and the video for you to check and please feel free to send any feedback regarding the interview to: eddiegurolla@dubcnn.com

Interview was done in May 2007.

Questions Asked By :
Eddie Gurrola

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Dubcnn: OK, so you've got your album, ďUrban Survival Syndrome,Ē that dropped a few months ago. Looking back on it now, are you happy with how it turned out and everything?

Yeah, Iím happy with how the product turned out. But Iím not happy with how [it sold]Öshit, I wanna be platinum, you know what Iím sayin! So, until I do that, I canít really say Iím happy with the shit. I just gotta wait for the opportunity to come for me to be able to, you know, do what I gotta do, to get it as big as I want it to be. [I want to] be on TV everyday, be on the radio everyday, thatís all it is now, you know?

Thereís a lot of shit [you need] to sell records nowadays other than just the music, so, you know, Iím happy with the music. I love working with Muggs, Jelly Roll, Khalil, the whole camp, the homie Dubb Knoxx. But itís just the machine thatís needed, you know what Iím sayiní?

Dubcnn: So, there were a lot of real deep songs on the album. How do you go about writing a song? Whatís your process like on that?

All I do is just think about something Iíve been through. I mean, everybody see it, but Iím talking about, if you listen to all my songs - all the details, the currencies that are really happening, it ainít nothing for me, you know what Iím sayiní? I never run out of shit to write about, Ďcause I done been through so much shit. Everybody done been through a lot of shit, but a lot of us donít know how to get it out the way I know how to get it out.

Dubcnn: So, how about this new album youíve got with Messy Marv, ďMessy SlickĒ?

Oh yeah, that ďMessy Slick.Ē Yeah, thatís just something to expand the fan base and shit, you know what Iím sayiní? Thatís my nigga too. Me and Mess make some good music together, got a lot of beats from a lot of cats, you know what Iím sayiní? But thatís one of them grimy records, what we would call like an underground West Coast record. ďUrban Survival SyndromeĒ was more of a record that was for the mainstream, and not mainstream music, but, Iím sayiní, them type of songs that didnít just direct straight to niggas in Southern California. But, it needed to be pushed in a big way as well.

But this shit Iím doin with Messy Marv, I got an album with Damu comin out, and I got an album called ď48 Hours on Gang Street.Ē Them records right there, they gonna be directly, straight, you know what Iím sayiní, towards the core fan base, you know what Iím sayiní, all the swap meet shoppers and shit.

Dubcnn: So, how did you initially hook up with Messy Marv for this album?

Me and Messy Marv was likeÖI got on my first shit, up in Frisco and shit, the first shit I got on up there, you know what Iím sayiní, as far as getting on and doiní shit. It was gonna be distributed nationally. Yeah, it was with Mess and shit, hooked up through my nigga Guce from Frisco, and through Guce, and through other cats, they always say, you know, me and Messy kind of reminded them of each other. Just, you know, a little short black nigga with braids, [that] talks a lot of shit.

Just from that, me and Messy, you know, he shouted me out on a song, before I had even met him and shit. I was like, ďOK, that nigga on what Iím on!Ē and after that, man it was like nothiní. We just hooked up. Me, him, and the homie Nemo from Siccness put this project together homie, and itís all knocks on there. Got the homeboy Dubb Knoxx on there makiní beats, got beats from the homie from Harmon from the Batcave, got the homeboy 2:11 featured on there, Tiny Doo, Damu, [so] itís gonna be some shit!

And, it ainít like all the rest of them muthafuckiní records, because Mitch put his time into his shit. I mean, I didnít get to snatch it up and do everything I wanted with the muthafucka, but, for the most part, itís all my influence on it. So, when muthafuckas hear it, it ainít finna like just be some shit where a nigga just threw some songs on to get some dough. Naw, its some knockers on that muthafucka, you know what Iím sayin?

Dubcnn: Tell us about the Damu collaboration album.

Me and Damu, homie? Thatís straight for the hoods of Southeast. Everybody gonna love it Ďcause of how it is, you know what Iím sayiní, but mainstream America wouldnít even understand that shit. Weíve got a song on there called, ďEl De Beans,Ē and it just talks about how my neighborhood and his neighborhood [are] cominí together, and gettiní shit right around here.

Thereís a lot of shit going on around here in Southeast San Diego. A lot of Black on Black shit, not even Black on Black, [but] Blood on Blood, Crip on Crip, just everybody against everybody out here. Itís like a zoo. So, me and Damu, weíre trying [to] come together to at least get the shit between our neighborhoods straight. Itís been straight, but it just makes it even that much more solid, and [hopefully] we can build from here and get all this shit right.

Dubcnn: Thereís a lot of San Diego rap thatís still really underground, and not a lot of people know a whole lot about the artists down here. Who would you recommend listening to, as far as new artists?

Any Wrongkind shit. Weíve got about 15 projects in the street. Me and my big homie Baby Jack, weíve been trying to figure out a way to get this shit to where we just take over the whole town, get a lot of the bullshit gang shit out of the way, and try to make everybody a fan. I wouldnít give a fuck, as long as heís repping the Kind.

So, all the Wrongkind projects, Damuís projects, [and] my nigga Cricet. Heís from the blue side. He makes good shit.

Dubcnn: What other cities are you feeling hip-hop from? Tell us about Strong Arm Steady.

Oh man, me and Strong Arm Steady got some shit going on right now. Thatís me and the homeboys Phil Da Agony and Krondon. Weíve got some major shit going on right now. Weíre bumping that shit in the background right now. Weíve got crazy shit from DJ Khalil on there, the homie Thayod, everybody know Thayod from some of that OG Xzibit shit. Iíve got the homie Jelly Roll making the knocks on there, everybody know Jelly Roll from the Snoop shit, the Jadakiss, and the Xzibit shit. Itís finna be right.

Thatís the group album, weíve got a deal right now through Warner Brothers, through Blacksmith/Warner Brothers. That shit is gonna be taking it to a whole other level. Iím gonna be able to be seen in a whole bunch of different arenas that I havenít been seen in yet.

Dubcnn: So thatís gonna be a major label thing with big promotion and everything?

Hopefully, homie. I donít know how big, but I know weíre going to have a budget to do some shit we ainít never got to do with none of my shit. But shouts to the homies at Angeles Records, the homie Muggs, they did all they could do at this point, they showed love, and they did more than all the rest of these muthafuckas.

Thatís what we need on the West, homie. Everybody coming together. They saw something in me, put some money into a nigga, [and] put [me] out. Weíve got to go the hard route here on the West Coast Ė everybody else, they just pop in every city, so they get on. Out here, weíve got to grind, and Iím a grinder, you know?

Dubcnn: Yeah, and youíve been known for pushing your mixtapes out independently. Do you have any advice for up and coming rappers who are trying to get their mixtapes out?

Youíve got to get your street shit going first. Youíve got to get the buzz in the streets if you ainít no big time nigga.

Dubcnn: Tell us about your relationship with producer J. Wells.

Oh, me and J. Wells have been fucking around for years. I met J. Wells through the Wolfpac homies. Me and that nigga went on tour, [and] we did like 36 cities together with Tha Alkaholiks, from here all the way to New York, through Texas, Phoenix, and Canada. Me and J. Wellsís bro, which is my homeboy Styles from the Wolfpac, hooked up, and me and J. Wells did one song I had called ďPlatinum Dreams.Ē That shit, on the radio out here, was the most requested song. After that, me and that dude have just been making hits.

Dubcnn: In your last interview with us, you said that you consider yourself a student of West Coast hip-hopÖ

Yeah, I got laced up by Sir Jinx. Sir Jinx is Dr. Dreís first cousin, so I got the game first hand. I got to hear Ice Cube and themís demos and shit! Ice Cube, Sir Jinx, and K-Dee mixtapes from back in the days! I got to hear Yo-Yoís raps when Del Tha Funkee Homosapien used to call and record the raps over the message machine for her to hear them, and then recite the raps back. Jinx taught me all the shit. He [taught me about] equipment Ė how to make beats. He didnít know he was doing it, but while I was there with him [I picked it up.]

I met him through the homeboy DJ Jam, which is Snoop Doggís DJ. We just met up, [Jinx] was working on the Xzibit album when I met him, [which was] in 2000. We just built a relationship. Sir Jinx, he produced all that Ice Cube shit, ďAmerikkkaís Most Wanted,Ē [and] he just let me soak it all up, and I ran with it. So, I really say that Iím a student of West Coast hip-hop, because I got it from the niggas that invented this shit!

Dubcnn: From all your experience, what would you say are the key elements to making a good song?

Making a good song?

Dubcnn: Yeah.

Keeping it real, and having a good beat. Iím a beat dude. To me, it starts with the beat, because you can get a party cracking with an instrumental. You canít get no party cracking with a straight acapella! So, Iím a beat cat. Iím into beats Ė hard knockiní ass beats. From there, youíve got to kick some real shit. Thatís all the elements. Keep your vocab in tact, keep your originality in tact, keep your flow in tact, on beat and shit, and keep your muthafuckiní ideas fresh. Fresh new words, Iím into all of that shit. I donít try to be too hip-hop, because my fan base ainít too hip-hopíd the fuck out. Theyíre mostly street niggas and shit. But, youíve got to think about all of that shit, and thatíll make a good song, you know?



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